Spike Feresten

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Host on TALKSHOW with Spike Feresten

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  • Spike Feresten is best known as a writer for television programs such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. Spike grew up in West Bridgewater, Maryland and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After prematurely leaving college, he started a job as a receptionist for Saturday Night Live. This gave him a chance to gain an understanding of the television industry and also to write jokes, which he passed to Dennis Miller. Once his comedic talent was recognized he was moved into the SNL writing staff. Eventually this lead to a job with the Late Show With David Letterman, where he worked for five years, earning five Emmy nominations. In 1995, Spike started to write for the Seinfeld series where he wrote for three seasons. During this time he earned three Emmy nominations, including one for his well-known "Soup Nazi" episode. In addition, Spike has written for other television comedy shows such as Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. More recently he and Jerry Seinfeld co-write the screenplay for The Bee Movie scheduled to be released by Dream Works Animation in fall 2007. Most recently, FOX has announced that Spike will host a late night talk show on Saturday nights after MAD TV. The show, which will debut in Fall 2006, is billed as a fast-paced half-hour that combines traditional elements of the talk show format with bold and irreverent comedy sketches. Feresten and his wife, Erika, live in Los Angeles.moreless

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    Also Known As

    Michael Feresten

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    • Spike Feresten: (about the rumor that he threw a huge party to find a girlfriend) That is true! It was at the beginning of the last season of Seinfeld, and I had just broken up with someone maybe three or four months earlier. And I thought, "why don't I round up a new crop"? So me and my writer friends threw a gigantic party at the rotating restaurant atop a Holiday Inn, invited "Buckwheat Zydeco" to come play and it was an open door policy. We tacked pieces of paper to telephone poles and said, "Come on in." And I just happened to meet not only my girlfriend -- but my wife. I married the girl I met that night.

    • Spike Feresten: (about writing on the "Letterman" show) It's a lot of fun. You come in and read a couple newspapers and start your day with a nice appetizer of opening remarks. And during the day, you get these different writing assignments. We would write four to eight pages of jokes a day.

    • Spike: (Speaking about his show in its first season) FOX is really just letting us experiment, and they're being really good about it, and they're saying, "Go ahead and get out there and learn how to do the show, and figure out what the job is and what the show is."

    • Spike: (Speaking about the actual "Soup Nazi") And a lot of those scenes happened with me in them. I've been told "no soup for you." But it's more of a documentary; I'd like to take credit with the phrases, but even the Al Pacino line, that's something I heard a woman say to him: "You know, you look something like Al Pacino." And he said "get out," so, you know...

    • Spike Feresten: (On his upcoming Talk show with Spike Feresten) It's all the comedy you'd find in a talkshow, but without any of the talk. We've got a little real estate on Saturday night, and we want to have some fun.

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    • Spike Feresten wrote his senior biography and claimed that his future plans were "Music, and to be the first man on the Sun".

    • Spike Feresten grew up in West Bridgewater, MA and is a graduate from West Bridgewater High School (1982), where he played baseball for four years, and was also on the basketball team, the Drama club and the school band.

    • In an effort to find a new girlfriend, Spike once threw a huge party, renting the top floor of the Hollywood Holiday Inn and hiring the band Buckwheat Zydeco.

    • Spike's first name is really Michael. Spike is a nickname, given while he was a receptionist at SNL in the 1980s. It was because of his natural spiky hair.

    • Spike Feresten is credited with writing the Seinfeld episode The Little Kicks, which is the episode that reveals the character Elaine's strange dance moves.

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